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Help-seeking by male victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA): a systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis

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dc.contributor.author Huntley, Alyson
dc.contributor.author Potter, Lucy
dc.contributor.author Williamson, Emma
dc.contributor.author Malpass, Alice
dc.contributor.author Szilassy, Eszter
dc.contributor.author Feder, Gene
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-12T21:33:24Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-12T21:33:24Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Huntley, Alyson; Potter, Lucy; Williamson, Emma; Malpass, Alice; Szilassy, Eszter; Geder, Gene. (2019). Help-seeking by male victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA): a systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis. BMJ Open: 9(6), e021960. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021960 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021960
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1700
dc.description.abstract Objectives: To understand help-seeking by male victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and their experiences of support services by systematically identifying qualitative and mixed-method studies and thematically synthesising their findings. Design: Systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis. Searches were conducted in 12 databases and the grey literature with no language or date restrictions. Quality appraisal of the studies was carried out using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme tool. Reviewers extracted first and second order constructs related to help-seeking, identified themes and combined them by interpretative thematic synthesis. Setting: DVA experienced by male victims and defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse among people aged 18 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. Participants: Male victims of DVA. Interventions: Any intervention which provides practical and/or psychological support to male victims of DVA including but not limited to DVA-specific services, primary healthcare and sexual health clinics. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Qualitative data describing help-seeking experiences and interactions with support services of male victims of domestic violence Results: We included twelve studies which were published between 2006 and 2017. We grouped nine themes described over two phases (a) barriers to help-seeking: fear of disclosure, challenge to masculinity, commitment to relationship, diminished confidence/despondency and invisibility/perception of services; and (b) experiences of interventions and support: initial contact, confidentiality, appropriate professional approaches and inappropriate professional approaches. Conclusion: The recent publication of the primary studies suggests a new interest in the needs of male DVA victims. We have confirmed previously identified barriers to help-seeking by male victims of DVA and provide new insight into barriers and facilitators to service provision. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher BMJ Open en_US
dc.subject Systematic Review en_US
dc.subject Help Seeking en_US
dc.subject Male Victims en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Domestic Abuse en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Partner Abuse en_US
dc.subject Spouse Abuse en_US
dc.subject Formal Support en_US
dc.subject Social Services en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Survivors en_US
dc.subject Healthcare en_US
dc.subject Sexual Health en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Disclosure en_US
dc.subject Masculinity en_US
dc.subject Confidentiality en_US
dc.subject Service Provision en_US
dc.subject Service Providers en_US
dc.subject Men en_US
dc.subject Believing Victims en_US
dc.subject Informal Support en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Stigma en_US
dc.subject Interventions en_US
dc.subject LBTQ en_US
dc.subject Sexual Orientation en_US
dc.subject Gender Identity en_US
dc.title Help-seeking by male victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA): a systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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